Kurssikuvaus / Course description
FINN 202 is designed for the student who has completed FINN 201 or its’ equivalents. It provides a comprehensive study of Finnish. The aim of the course is to provide intensive practice in all areas of language learning. You will improve your speaking and writing skills as well as reading and listening. The course will be conducted mostly in Finnish.
During the course we will review and broaden concepts studied earlier and widen your knowledge with new grammatical structures and different language situations and topics. You will learn more about education and work life in Finland, as well as shopping and doing business in Finnish We will also explore more sustainable ways of life, and talk about culture and arts. We will begin to explore more linguistic variation and differences of language use in various situations and registers. We’ll also continue working with spoken Finnish, which will improve your ability to function in different everyday contexts.
Special attention will be paid to reading and writing, listening comprehension and speaking in Finnish and the class will provide students the opportunity to practice new vocabulary and grammatical structures through in-class discussion of assigned activities and readings. Newspaper articles, films, and the Internet will be used. To succeed in this course, you must actively participate and you will be expected to attend class regularly, prepare for class daily, and speak as much Finnish as possible.
Tavoitteet / Objectives
In addition to expanding on structures and grammatical points studied previously, this course will:
- engage students in language-production activities to enhance oral communication skills
- provide tools to discuss abstract and complex topics both in writing and in oral production
- expand the students’ knowledge of the Finnish culture by providing authentic texts and videos
- enhance the students’ awareness on contextual variation and stylistic choices
Through the communicative approach I hope to achieve a high degree of interaction in the classroom and make your learning of Finnish language and culture enjoyable. We strive for a learning atmosphere that challenges your skills in a supportive way. There are no wrong answers, only good attempts. Emphasis will be given to all language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.